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With COVID isolation striking in the lead up to Easter, my natural response was to DIY some table decor!

 

My goal was to create some paper hydrangea, which consisted of hundreds of Cricut petals being shaped and glued onto a styrofoam round. The only problem - I had no styrofoam or quick way to get it!


I mulled over how I could shape these bases for a couple of days... My initial thought was paper mache, or trying to shape a dome out of paper, but what I ended up using was far more simple, quicker, and used things most people would have at home!  

Below I'll show you how to make the faux styrofoam base, and attach the hydrangea petal file incase you want to make your very own!

You'll need (faux styrofoam):

Aluminium Foil
Roll of Toilet Paper
 

You'll need (hydrangea):

Cricut
Choice of Coloured Paper
Hot Glue Gun 
Plenty of Patience!

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Print your Pinecone Template and cut out your choice of Cone Scale (there are 3 sizes to choose from) and paper bead.

 

Trace 9 cone scales and five paper beads onto some brown paper, and cut out. 

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Pop 2 Cone Scales to the side, and punch a hole in the centre of the 7 others.

 

If you don't have a hole punch you can pierce a small hole with something sharp, or cut out a little 'x' using a scalpel blade. 

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Next, using either your thumb or a pencil/tip of a paintbrush, furl up the edges of each Scale of the 7 you'd just hole punched.

 

To do this, think about how you curl ribbon with scissors, and mimic that action with your hand.    

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Now to turn the paper strips into beads! To do this, tightly wrap the paper strip around the end of a paintbrush or pencil and pop a little bit of glue on the end. Repeat with all 5.

This task can be a little tricky (as the rolled up paper wants to pop out!), but stick with it and you'll get there!

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Turning our attention to the untouched Cone Scales that will become the top of the pinecone. Simply cut 1 'petal' out of a Cone Scale, and 2 out of the other.

 

From there, create a cone shape by overlapping the Cone Scales on either side of your cut and glue them together. To finish prep for these you'll need to snip a tiny hole at the end. 

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Finally, make the stem by feeding the bead onto the floristry wire. 

If you get wire similar to mine (that has a craft paper coating), it'll sit in place just by wrapping the wire over. Otherwise, use a dab of glue to hold in place.

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It's time to assemble! Starting with your tapered Cone Scales, slide the

3-point onto the wire so it cradles the bead, followed by the 4-point. 

Then go ahead and slide on your first hole punched piece. For the most realistic look, you'll want to turn each piece so it sits in the gaps of the piece before it.

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After the third Cone Scale, begin alternating between your paper beads and Cone Scales.

If you have wire similar to mine, it will hold the pieces in place. Otherwise a dab of glue between the beads and Cone Scales will help it stay in place. 

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You'll have one final Cone Scale to place immediately after the previous Scale in this method - this helps thicken out the base of your pinecone.

And you're done! You can alternate the number of Cone Scales, scale of Cone Scale and thickness of the paper beads to create a variation of Pinecones.   

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